Saturday, September 16, 2017

Tweedledee completed


in which our plucky heroine succeeds in planning for warmth...

although warmth is not yet needful... I've had the pattern for the mini-poncho printed out for years, long after the site disappeared and the designer discontinued it. Even more surprisingly, there are zero other reviews on Ravelry, so it must not have been a popular concept. Indeed, the pattern calls for making up the garment in pieces and stitching them together, rather than in the currently popular top down all in one go method. I prefer to make up knitting in pieces, at least for adult garments, as otherwise one is required to tote along a vast mass of wool if taking knitting anywhere, which I do.

Knit in pieces is much less cumbersome, but makes up for it by having to faff with all the loose yarn ends as part of the finishing up process. There were, I think, about 14 sets of yarn ends I had to darn in, each set consisting of three individual strands, since I knit three different colors of yarn together to make a nicely bulky and visually tweedy fabric. The grey and brown combined with the misty turquoise to make one of the subtle colorways that I love, and that will coordinate with almost all of my cool weather clothing.

Nonetheless, I am quite pleased that I finally knitted it up, as it should be a most Useful Garment as well as part of my autumn 6PAC efforts:

not yet sketched are my hopeful attempts to create a useable woven top pattern

Next up for my personal sewing will be working on a toile for the Tabula Rasa pattern, in an effort to come up with a TNT pattern for making self some woven blouses, to add variety to my wardrobe. However difficult the process, I know that once I succeed, it will make me very happy to begin to sew up the assorted fabrics I have set aside for the project of wardrobe refurbishment


7 comments:

  1. I love your outfit with your new mini poncho! The colors are so interesting together. I envy you your knitting skills.

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    1. thank you Carol - My Mom started teaching me how to knit when I was about six, but it is never too late to learn... I find a lot of good information online and on YouTube that has helped me improve my knitting skill. My hope with the poncho, since I combined turquoise, brown, and grey yarn, is that it will look well with most everything I wear... In this outfit the tweedy wool picks up the brown color of the brushed twill pinafore.

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  2. Your mini poncho turned out lovely. It looks like it will suit your style nicely and be very warm.

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    1. Thank you Dawn! I have wanted this particular garment for years, and hope that it will prove to be as good an everyday layer as I imagine. My house is quite cold in the wintertime, and this should be a good thing to keep my core warm while allowing my hands and arms to be completely free to get things done!

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  3. It is really lovely and looks very flattering and warm. A win, win, win!

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    1. Thank you Joyce - it is quite toasty with the doubled collar. I have learned that I really prefer cowls and now apparently ponchos that come to a center point, instead of ones that are more horizontal at the bottom edge

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    2. Last weekend, I was at an ASG workshop led by Diane Ericson - wonderful artist - and she made a comment about angled hems being our friend ;-) Works for me, and apparently for you, too.
      Enjoy wearing it on this nice, cool and rainy day!

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